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I met Finn when he was 7 in 1996. He eventually took up the box and played in bnads – toured Europe and North America, wen to U Limerick for a degree in Trad music. Ten this year he started to sketch Irish musicians. And in 7 monthes his career has exploded. One look at [...]
It’s Thursday so we hit the road for Spell’s bar in Ballaghaderreen to see Neil Spells and play with P.J. Hernon. An altogether mighty session that included Jay Kerins on bongos, Philomena on piano and guitar, Jim O’Donnell on fiddle. So they played the Anthem at 12:15 – the ending tune. Then 10 minutes later [...]
I wake up at Harper’s cottage in the Burren. It’s a beautiful sunny morning. A check of the email and I realize Georgia will be in galway at half one and not 3 or 4 as I had thought. so a quick bite and I’m down the road. I arrive in Renmore and Rob is [...]
A new one for me: a singer’s circle. I’m with Dave Harper and Colm as we call into Clarke’s in Crusheen Co. Clare. Songs are sung a cappella and there are more than a dozen singers and most are Irish Ballads. There are some recent compositions one concerning the Brexit (would they like to be [...]
Castleisland is not a huge place but two pubs (Browne’s & Kearney’s) host a competing session at Brownes. It is the quieter of the 2 sessions. Mackie comes in announcing “I am drunk” [...]
Jackie and Terrance have a new tradition of stopping at another pub in Brosna, The Woodview” before calling into Flannagan’s. The publican is Siobhan who is also a lovely singer. In the session young Patrick Moriarity arives – equally adept at singing and box playing and he is only 17. Another great night in [...]
John Culliney is one of my dearest friends in Eire. He stayed with us in Canada in November & December of 2007. I call in on him in Ennis and it’s tunes and Bushmills and loads of food! We’ll see you soon Johnny when Georgia arrives.
7:30 found me at the Salt House for my beloved Americana session. Mighty fun with Noriana Kennedy, Noelie McDonnell and Nicola Joyce. The are “The Whileaways”. A great night by the fire and catching up with old friends. Since Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature last week Noelie sang several Dylan numbers -”Don’t [...]
Another sunny(ish) day. I walk into town and play with Johnny O’Halloran and Gerry Whelan at Coili’s. That went til 4:30, then at 5:30 the same crowd crossed the street and played at Taaffe’s.
The weather has been quite fabulous: +15 and sunny most days. Such is the case as I walk in from Renmore. I meet Sara Fuller on the path and we chat. She is in her second year of university studying occupational therapy, which apparently was pioneered in Canada. Who knew? A coffee with V at [...]